Who Is Walter Pless?


A teacher by profession, but is now in his 38th year as a football writer. Has written for "Soccer Action" (Melbourne), "Australian Soccer Weekly" (Sydney) and "World Soccer" (London), as well as for several Tasmanian newspapers. Currently contributing to "Goal!Weekly" in Melbourne and the Australian magazine "Soccer International". Played for Croatia-Glenorchy, Caledonians, Metro, Rapid and University in Tasmania, as well as in the United States of America. Coached University, Metro and Croatia-Glenorchy.

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Sammut and Chaparro - Copy

Photo:  Olympia's Joel Sammut and Kingborough's Fabian Chaparro watch the ball [PlessPix]

(NPL Tasmania, Lightwood Park, Saturday, 4 August 2018)

Kingborough Lions United 0

Olympia Warriors 4 (J Sammut 17, J N’Koso 33, 57, 88)

HT: 0-2   Att: 100   Ref: J McInerney

Kingborough Lions United: O’Connell - Herweynen (W Davis 72), Nugent, Schuth, Zammit - Hall (Vivarelli 81), Chaparro, Pearce - Baker, Cowen, Belstead (J Davis 72) (Subs not used: Hayers, Kantzos)

Olympia Warriors: Johnson - Griffiths, Stevens, Holmes, Vandermey (Little 72) - Sammut, Castaneda, Ortmann (Curtis 87), Hill - Wadawu (Mulungula 73), N’Koso (Sub not used: Murfitt)

Vandermey and ball on head - Copy

Photo:  Olympia's Jake Vandermey appears to balance the ball on top of his head [PlessPix]

Kingborough Lions United meekly surrendered to the visiting Olympia Warriors and went down 4-0 in a game where they failed to take their chances.

As early as the 2nd minute, the Lions should have been in front, but Fabian Chaparro somehow blazed over the bar from the 6-yard box.

The Lions were without Lewis Verdouw, who has gone to American, while Olympia’s American, Gordon Gurson, has returned to Stateside to continue his futsal career.

In the 17th minute, Olympia punished Kingborough for their lack of finishing when Joel Sammut gained possession outside the box and scored with a low 20-metre shot inside the far right-hand post.

Stevens Hall and Baker - Copy

Photo:  Olympia's Paul Stevens comes away with the ball [PlessPix]

It was 2-0 in the 33rd minute when Lucas Hill nodded a free-kick down for Joffrey N’Koso to force home from close range.

N’Koso was causing the Lions defence some problems, but it wasn’t until the 57th minute that he grabbed his second goal to give Olympia a 3-0 lead.

Two minutes from the end, a long clearance by Olympia keeper Brett Johnson found N’Koso and he rounded O’Connell to slot home and complete the scoring and his hat-trick.

Castaneda and Pearce - Copy

Photo:  Olympia's Eduardo Castaneda tangles with Kingborough's Trent Pearce in midfield [PlessPix]


0 #12 Anonymous 2018-08-09 02:42
Well with supporters like you lot it is no wonder our players have issues. Mark is doing a great job. Let him see this through we all will be very pleased by September 2019. Most of this year he was being undermined by you all know who. This situation has now rectified it self at the club but it appears as though they are continuing on here under the guise of anonymous. Ignore them Mark.
Onwards and upwards. Go Lions!
+1 #11 Anon 2018-08-08 04:02
#9 . Another coach reap rewards ? You must be joking or blind or both.
+3 #10 anon 2018-08-07 22:12
#9. With all due respect, please!You need to get out and look at the situations at other clubs.Boro should have prevailed this year and last year and the year before.Next year will be no different.Coach es can chirp all they like about what they are going to do to teams but often it will come back and bite you on the you know where.That is plain stupidity and unprofessional and shows lack of knowledge and respect.The club seems to accept that so there you go.Same old same old same old.
0 #9 Anonymous 2018-08-07 13:19
Broadbent is doing a a good job he has taken fringe players at other clubs and made them into a unit. Being around the club the last decade I have seen not much joy. Mark has endured over the last couple of seasons setbacks in both his TD role and Senior Coach role. I believe the Lions will prevail in 2019. To lose Mark now would rob him of everything he has worked towards. Why should another coach reap the rewards coming next season on the back of Marks hard work?
+1 #8 Simple game 2018-08-07 12:52
Is Broadbent the answer, how many seasons do fans have to endure a “developing” team?
NPL is about winning, just look at Devonport. Not the best technical players but hardy, well disciplined players, clearly playing for each other - rewards FFA Cup & most likely league champs this season.
Broadbent doesn’t have the pulling power to draw in such players, and they are out there.
+7 #7 Anon 2018-08-07 07:34
Kingborough's season would have to rate as more of a let down than Rangers and Clarence. They have spent money to get players in plus the other resources they have that both Rangers and Clarence don't. And yet they are still languishing at the bottom of the table.
+2 #6 # 2018-08-07 06:58
#5 you are correct. They continue to get away with mediocrity lead by broadbent. The players they have had at their disposal this year they should be on par with olympia.
+9 #5 Bemused 2018-08-07 04:27
Seems Lions have done less with more than a lot of clubs both in and outside the NPL.
+4 #4 Anon 2018-08-07 03:53
Injured I believe. Still there
+3 #3 Anonymous 2018-08-07 03:21
Calvert and Di Martino to name 2.

Sons of Coaches Calvert and Di Martino both also who seem to have gone missing.

Quoting anon:
#1.That would be a start ? They seem to have many players missing from a month or so ago ?

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